The Best Essential Oils For Stress Relief

If you want to be more relaxed in your daily life, then using natural remedies like essential oils is a great place to start. Here are some of the oils that are best for rest, relaxation, and stress relief.


When people think about essential oils for stress relief or relaxation, they usually turn to lavender first. That is because this oil is really great at releasing stress and tension, relieving anxiety, and making you feel more relaxed and peaceful. It is frequently used in aromatherapy baths because you can soak in the warm water and get the lavender scent at the same time. You can also use lavender oil in a diffuser placed in your bedroom for evenings when you are trying to relax and unwind after a stressful day.


Another popular essential oil to make use of when you need to relax is chamomile. You may have had chamomile tea before, which is known to help you relax your mind and body, particularly during your nighttime routine when you need to get ready for bed. Chamomile is naturally a very calming and soothing oil. It also has some medicinal properties, so it is beneficial either way. You can make chamomile tea or use the oils in your diffuser or bath.


If the reason you need a little help relaxing is because of some anxiety or stress, then bergamot might be the solution. This can be used alone or with other oils. Bergamot essential oil has a more earthy scent, so keep that in mind if you decide to mix your own blends in a diffuser. For relieving anxiety, bergamot is great in a diffuser for aromatherapy, or you can dilute it and apply it to your temples.


Rose essential oil is perfect for relieving stress and tension. You might see this in blends with other relaxing oils like lavender or geranium, but you can definitely use it alone as well. With rose oils, they are wonderful in a bath with some rose petals, or you can use a cream that contains the oil in it. Rub this on your skin at night or whenever you are feeling stressed. This helps to soothe you, while also improving your skin at the same time.

Remember if you apply any oils to your skin, they need to be diluted with another oil or water first.

Tips For Using Essential Oils in the Bath

As you begin your adventure into using essential oils more often, one thing you might want to do is start using the oils in the bath. You can add it right to your bath water for aromatherapy, softer skin, and many other benefits. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to using the oils in the bath.

Use the Tap End For Direct Oils

There is some controversy about adding essential oils directly to the bath, related to whether or not they should be diluted first. This is really up to you and you should experiment first to see how your skin reacts. If you have extra sensitive skin, a current sunburn, or other skin issues, it is best to dilute them first. However, if you think your skin can handle it, try just a few drops added to the bath directly. Make sure they are added to the tap end of the bath, running them under the water first. Don’t use more than 3-5 drops if you are not using a carrier oil.

Consider Diluting it First

A safer option is of course to dilute your essential oils first by mixing them with a carrier oil before you add them to your bath. This will reduce skin sensitivity, but still allow you to moisturize your skin and get the aromatherapy benefits from the oils you decide to use. Try carrier oils like olive oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil to start with. If all you have is vegetable oil, you can use that, but other oil options are much better to use. You can also try liquid coconut oil if that’s all you have.

Try Different Combinations

Experiment a little when adding essential oils to your bath. Try adding some oils to a little milk, then pouring that in your bath. This gives you a nice soft, creamy bath that really helps your skin. You can try different carrier oils, or combine the oils with bath salts before adding them to the bath water. Try different oils, like lavender and rose for relaxation, chamomile to help you sleep better, or vetiver and frankincense for an entirely different bath experience.

When choosing the oils, think both of the scents you want to experience, and what the health benefits are. If your bath is for stress relief or anxiety, the oils might be different than when your muscles are sore and tired.

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